Posted on 1/20/10 03:07 PM
'Brothers' like many of the forgotten masterpieces of Danish cinema cannot be summed up merely by the haunting realism it depicts and invokes so purposefully within its viewers through its content and dialogue.
Its uncanny ability to consume the viewer in the world of the film through its involving camera work and choice cuts are akin to its powerful acting, which rivals anything you will ever see in film.
Ulrich Thomsen, Connie Neilson and Nikolaj Lie Kaas all give captivating performances as a family in turmoil, that equals if not exceeds their finest moments in some of their other noteworthy performances in films such as 'The Idiots' and 'Rushmore' and leave nothing more to be desired by the films conclusion.
Even the supplementary characters are picturesque in their roles and add to the realism and experience of seeing such a harrowing and gritty film, which closely examines the untold horrors of the war in Afghanistan as well as the peripheral damage such rage and bloodshed can have on anyone who is even indirectly involved.
This message is accomplished by extending the psychological torment endured by one soldier, into the lives of his friends and family back in Denmark, provoking powerful emotions and sentiments relating to relationships and family and presenting questions relating to the essence of love and life's objectives at every given moment.
There are moments in this film that will leave you speechless and shocked and others that will conjure sadness and sorrow, enhancing the films realism and underlying objectives. These objectives comment not only on the pressures and evils of a society in need of reform, but which also force the viewer to confront the parallels in their own lives which may have relevance to the messages portrayed in this film; those which may even be adding to the problems of an inherently confrontational and war driven society.
Redone in lackadaisically American fashion, I would encourage everyone to see the original Danish version and skip the watered down remake. Films this thought provoking and well done don't come along too often.